TL;DR – Heat embossing is a great way to enhance your calligraphy. If you do not have an embossing pen, you can also you a watermarking ink pad for a fun calligraphy project.
Here’s a little demo on how to combine heat embossing and calligraphy. More details can be found below!
The supplies you will need for creating embossed calligraphy are: an embossing pen or a watermark ink pad (like the Versamark one), a heat gun, embossing powder, a dryer sheet and a small paintbrush.
Not pictured – heat gun. A hair dryer will not work!
Heat Embossing Using an Embossing Pen
- Wipe your card stock (or paper) with the dryer sheet to remove static and to prevent excess powder from sticking.
- Using your embossing pen, write or draw something.
- Sprinkle the embossing powder over what you have written.
- Brush off of any excess powder with the paintbrush.
- Turn on your heat gun and use it to melt the powder; allow to dry (which shouldn’t take too long)
- Admire your work.
- Show all your friends.
- Upload pictures on Instagram.
- Emboss everything.
Some extra tips:
- If you’re planning on doing a huge project, work in small areas as the ink needs to stay wet long enough for the powder to stick.
- Brushing off the excess powder is important because otherwise it will melt and leave spots on your work that cannot be removed.
- If you’re feeling fancy, you can purchase heat embossing bags. They leave a thin layer of powder which can be shaken off with the excess embossing powder before you heat up your work. You can also make one yourself with pantyhose and corn starch.
- EMBOSSING. POWDER. GETS. EVERYWHERE. Be prepared to vacuum afterwards. It’s the worst.
The Ranger Embossing Pens have a bullet nib so it’s perfect for anyone who hasn’t perfected brush calligraphy yet. There are emboss pens that come with a brush tip – looking forward to spending all my money to try them one day.
Heat Embossing Using a Watermark Ink Pad
If you have a hard time finding embossing pens like I did, you can try heat embossing with a watermark ink pad (which can be found at Michael’s). Generally, these ink pads are used with stamps but you can also use them using your own calligraphy.
- Write or draw something – use broad strokes to make the next step easier.
- Cut out what you have written with an exacto knife.
- Dab your cut out with the ink pad.
- Cover with embossing powder.
- Heat with heat gun.
- Repeat steps 3-5 to make sure you get full coverage.
- Before you cover with embossing powder, transfer the cut out onto a piece of scrap paper – makes clean up easier and there is less waste.
- Use tweezers – the heat gun gets HOT. And if you don’t hold onto it somehow, it will fly away. I learned both these things the hard way.
- I used scrap paper in this example but the best option would be to use a colour similar to the powder you will be using.
And that’s it! You can now use your embossed item however you want. Attach a skewer to make a cake topper or use it as a name tag for a gift (though unless you know someone named Hello (Annyong!), it would probably make more sense to use their name.)
I don’t actually love the way the silver looks, at least for this project – I find it kind of looks like aluminum foil. I’ll have to try it with another colour in the future.
Good luck, have fun and don’t burn your hands!